Kiel starred in dozens of movies over the span of 50 years ... though his Jaws character became his most iconic role after debuting in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me" alongside Roger Moore. He returned in "Moonraker" two years later.
The 7-foot-2 Kiel also co-starred with Adam Sandler in the golf classic "Happy Gilmore."
Kiel had broken his leg last week and was in a hospital in Fresno, CA. A family member tells us he passed away this afternoon in the hospital -- and it's unclear if his death was connected to the leg injury.
ive met him before at a comic convention here. he was so nice he gave me a ton of autographs and took a picture with me. he gave me a book of his and signed it 'enjoy' when i told him i loved film. RIP :(